This weekend, it looks like the big boys came to play. Not as many upsets as in weeks past; at least, not in the college ranks.
In the best game of the college weekend, the in-state Oklahoma rivalry game between the #6 Oklahoma Sooners and the unranked Oklahoma State Cowboys was an offensive shootout. The score changed back and forth multiple times, but the Sooners would prevail 48-47 as the Cowboys went for a 2 point conversion to take the lead late in the game, but the attempted pass fell incomplete in the end zone.
For the rest of the day, the top college teams held form. #1 Alabama scored its second straight shut out of an opponent, topping #16 Mississippi State 24-0. #2 Clemson took advantage of an injury to Boston College’s quarterback and prevailed 27-7. And #3 Notre Dame, #4 Michigan and #5 Georgia all rolled over their opposition.
The lone top 25 upsets were fading #11 Kentucky losing to unranked Tennessee 24-7 and #21 Iowa losing to unranked Northwestern at home 14-10. The win for Northwestern gave the school the Big 10 West title and they will play the winner of the Michigan – Ohio State game in 2 weeks at the end of the season in the Big 10 title game.
As for the pros, there have been a couple of surprises in the early games of the NFL match-ups, but for the most part, the favorites have once again proved victors.
The biggest surprise of the day was the Tennessee Titans crushing Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 34-10. In another bit of a surprise, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-16. And it appears to have completely unraveled for the New York Jets (once again) as the Buffalo Bills came into town and destroyed the home team 41-10.
Other scores include:
Chicago Bears 34 – Detroit Lions 22
New Orleans Saints 51 – Cincinnati Bengals 14
Indianapolis Colts 29 – Jacksonville Jaguars 26
Kansas City Chiefs 26 – Arizona Cardinals 14
Washington Redskins 16 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
Today’s NFL late afternoon games include the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Rams, the Miami Dolphins at the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.
Tonight’s Sunday Night Football game is the Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tomorrow night’s Monday Night Football game is the New York Giants at the San Francisco 49ers. (oh boy!)